Dustin - I hope you aren't confusing me with Paul....I don't own even ONE pair of overalls
I cringe at you using the word 'rape' to describe tree cutting, and I may have some feminist allies.
Hi Chris, no I am not confusing you with Paul, I figure he will read all of this though. I don't have any overalls either, but seeing Paul in his videos sure does make me think about getting some!
I suppose term I chose for the clearcutting was a bit extreme to some, though I didn't have any gender in mind. Since I was talking about the Earth, that does usually have a feminine label, so I can see if women might be offended. That happens to males too you know! Regardless, I treat everyone the same at first, it is only after I get to know someone that I start to lose affection. I had to use a strong word because I am really worried about the deforestation of the land, as it is causing all the planets in our solar system to heat up! Global warming! No - Universe warming! AHHHHH!!! I really feel bad for the guilt some people carry, having to believe that it is solely their actions for the change in our climate. TPTB will do anything to make the masses sad. Oh that reminds me I left my Suburban running in the driveway, I was warming it up before I was going to drive the .1 miles to 7-11 (it is windy out so I don't feel like walking). That was a few hours ago, I got sidetracked by typing this reply. Oh the horror, I bet I caused Mars to melt its polar ice caps just now.
We should be changing the way we live because there is a better way - not because we feel guilty. If anyone reading this feels guilty, just go buy something - it will make you feel better, perhaps a Prius or a reusable shopping bag. You want to build a wofati? NO! We don't have permits for those! This paper right here says you have to use the Acme H-type bolt to secure your sill plate to your poured concrete foundation or your house will blow away. wofati's don't use concrete? WHAT!?!?! Absolutely not! Like Mike Oehler says, building codes were created to protect poor people from bad landlords not keeping the buildings from falling apart - now they are used to make sure you use the construction materials they want you to buy and to keep poor people from building their own house using mostly materials found on their land.
The removal of all the trees does do me several favors, it clears the way for getting a new system established, and it lowered the land value before it was purchased. I just wish I had some nice trees to use in a building - so I can knock them down myself grrrrr.
Thanks for your input on the trees and plants. Paul provided me some info on the native species, so I can get those established first. I do plan on trying to keep more water and more warmth in my little area for as long as possible for the outdoor plants. I also plan on having a greenhouse, perhaps several, earth-sheltered, and heated beds (most likely rocket mass) for year-round edibles. I won't attempt any sort of deciduous trees for at least a year, perhaps never.
There will be more than just pine trees, I promise!
Do you have any greenhouses Chris?
Am I the only person that has a problem with the reply window on this forum jumping all around when typing a reply that exceeds the default window size? The scrollbar jumps to the top every time a letter is input - really annoying.